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Art exhibitions you need to check out this season

SEP 1, 2016 | By Nishita Fiji
Do you call yourself an art lover? Then we think it’s time to get off your couch and explore the best showcases your city has to offer. To help you out, we have put together some of the coolest art shows, auctions and new openings taking place in the upcoming months from across cities.
MUMBAI
Observe your city from a new perspective
Intrigued by the daily happenings in a metropolis, Schon Mendes worked on various paintings over the last four years. Featuring a selection of these canvases, the show Cameos of a City displays both individual and collective experiences in the city to emphasise how the absurd can coexist with the ordinary in an urban space.
When: September 8 – October 8 2016
Where: Sakshi Gallery,6/19 Grants Building, 2nd Flr, Arthur Bunder Rd, Colaba, Mumbai 05
Website: www.sakshigallery.com
Reflect on your experiences
A solo show by artist Dhruvi Acharya after eight years, After the Fall uses dark humour to investigate the effects of unfathomable experiences on a person’s mind and body. The paintings are meant to encourage viewers to think about their own emotional encounters.
When: October 13 to November 19 2016
Where: Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, G.Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai 01
Website: www.gallerychemould.com
Explore the terrestrial and the extraterrestrial
Speculations from the Field features the recent work of artist Rohini Devasher whose practice explores art, science and fiction through fieldwork and research in astronomy. The show is curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, and co-curated by Himanshu Kadam. The artist’s field explores terrestrial sites as well as deep space, deep time as the locus of both the human imagination and its extraordinary ambition.
When: August  21 – October 4 2016
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Byculla (E), Mumbai 27
Website: www.bdlmuseum.org
Lose yourself in nature themed art
To celebrate its eighth anniversary, The Loft art gallery present A Thing of Beauty, an exhibition that features the work of artists whose works are inspired by their verdant surroundings. However their art also brings to light the harmful effects of urbanization on the natural world.
When: Till September 30 2016
Where: The Loft, C/o New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13
Website: www.theloft.in/index.shtm
Learn empathy through illustrations
Artist Ashok Hinge displays his observations of humans and their humdrum worries in a series of graphic drawings called Commascapes. The protagonist here is the “comma” who represents the common man.
When: Till September 30 2016
Where: Dinodia 1×1 Art Gallery, 66, 6th Flr, Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 21
Website: www.dinodia.com/Photogallery.htm?
NEW DELHI
Mull over the concept of beauty
Can an artwork that pleases the eye also represent a strong sentiment, while being good art? To provide a set of responses to this question, Revisiting Beauty invites contemporary artists from India and Pakistan to critically examine the aesthetics of our time.
When: Till October 4 2016
Where: Threshold Art Gallery, C221 Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi 17
Website: www.gallerythreshold.com
Learn about the European artist who was passionate about Indian art
Swiss artist Alice Boner (1889 – 1981) worked very hard to promote cultural knowledge and understanding between the East and the West. ‘Alice in Switzerland – A visionary artist and scholar across two continents’ pays tribute to her efforts that never received the recognition it deserved.
When: September 2 – October 30 2016
Where: Special Exhibition Hall, First Floor, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi 11
Website: www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in
Bring home a masterpiece
If you enjoy art auctions then Saffronart’s Evening Sale is for you. It will showcase modern Indian artworks from the post-Independence period. Up for grabs are exquisite paintings by Akbar Padamsee, V S Gaitonde and S H Raza, among many other veterans.
When: September 8 2016
Where: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 23
Website: www.saffronart.com
Explore the terrestrial and the extraterrestrial
Speculations from the Field features the recent work of artist Rohini Devasher whose practice explores art, science and fiction through fieldwork and research in astronomy. The show is curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, and co-curated by Himanshu Kadam. The artist’s field explores terrestrial sites as well as deep space, deep time as the locus of both the human imagination and its extraordinary ambition.
When: August  21 – October 4 2016
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Byculla (E), Mumbai 27
Website: www.bdlmuseum.org
Lose yourself in nature themed art
To celebrate its eighth anniversary, The Loft art gallery present A Thing of Beauty, an exhibition that features the work of artists whose works are inspired by their verdant surroundings. However their art also brings to light the harmful effects of urbanization on the natural world.
When: Till September 30 2016
Where: The Loft, C/o New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13
Website: www.theloft.in/index.shtm
BENGALURU
Stand up against racism rampant in the country
Subjective-documentary photographer Mahesh Shantaram’s The African Portraits is a series of photographs documenting the lives of Africans living in India as a response to the increasing number of horrid racial attacks in the country recently. Through these images he hopes to help people develop trust and feel a sense of comfort with the culture.
When: August 27 – September 23 2016
Where: Tasveer Gallery, Sua House, Kasturba Cross Rd, Bengaluru 01
Website: www.tasveerarts.com
HYDERABAD
Think over the unpredictability of existence
Artist Avijit Dutta’s series of paintings involve a deck of playing cards. His exhibition Life is a Deck of Cards showcases 54 cards, including a joker that represent the randomness of events that occur in an individual’s life span.
When: Till September 6 2016
Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Rd No 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 34
Website: www.kalakritiartgallery.com
Also read: Remembering the legend SH Raza